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BA, St. Olaf College, Music BA, St. Olaf College, Economics
I'm a recent graduate of St. Olaf College who has just settled in St. Paul. I've had the opportunity to perform with Minnesota Opera and will soon be performing with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company. My interests range from opera and sonatas to pop and jazz, and I love to explore new avenues of musical creativity. My studio exists to give beginning and intermediate singers and pianists of all ages the confidence and ability to produce high quality music with ease. It is a positive and welcoming environment aimed at the betterment of each student’s life. It is my promise to students to be honest and empowering and to keep my knowledge updated through the latest pedagogy literature.
I started teaching voice in college and have taught piano in high school. For each I have about a little over year of experience. I want my students to use their musical skills as much as possible to give them motivation to practice and satisfaction in their newfound abilities. I feel that each piece and performance is an opportunity to branch out and try new things. Teaching is, for me, an opportunity to create positive change in others. My aim is to instruct singers of all ages and abilities to find joy in singing and the technical ability to bring to life the music within.
Voice students can expect training rooted in the classical style, focusing on healthy and powerful voice production. For all genres of singing, the classical style forms a healthy and sustainable base to explore from. My pedagogy is focused on an open and sustained torso, a free jaw, tongue, and neck, and light and focused breath pressure. Additionally, students will be taught optimal position for vowel formation and resonance and proper alignment of the body. They will also be taught methods designed to help embrace the character being performed and to enjoy the act of performing.
Piano students can expect training focused on building finger strength and flexibility along with sight reading and improvisation training. Piano students can also expect more theory training to complement improvisation and to more fully understand the music at hand. Beginning piano pedagogy focuses on agile, slightly curved fingers, an aligned and free back and arms, proper use of the pedals, and creating a clear and even strike. More advanced students would then be taught proper illumination of voices, musicality, and techniques for quick and rhythmically challenging passages.
Each student needs a long-term goal in mind for where they want their voice to be. I like to start out by setting a couple realistic goals for the long-term with my students, then breaking those goals down into manageable steps each associated with one or two pieces. I also want students to know that they are accomplishing their goals, so I have my students tape lessons and listen back later to hear their progress. Some breakthroughs take time to reach, and students easily get worn out doing the same pieces forever. I try to encourage new ways of thinking and musical interest by getting students to move quickly through pieces and by learning new ones at least every couple months.
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